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Doctoris Christmas

Birthplace: Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 20, 1654 (73-74)
York County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Christmas and Agnes Border
Husband of Isabell Christmas
Father of Mary Elizabeth Christmas and Bridget Starkey
Brother of Richard Christmas; John Christmas and Isabell Christmas

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About Doctoris Christmas

Name: Peter Starkey Given Name: Peter Surname: Starkey Sex: M Birth: Abt 1630 in England Death: 7 Jan 1676 in York County, Virginia

Note: Chas Parish Register

mentioned in will of Doctoris Christmas 1654 as adult

arrived 1652 with William and Phillip Starkey

Born in England Doctoris William Christmas (About 1600-1654)

In the early 1600's we find Doctoris Christmas. There are s everal different spellings of Doctoris and I hope not to co nfuse you with these spellings as I will record it as it i s on the various records. I also do not want to confuse hi m with a younger person named Victoris Christmas. Doctori s was born in England perhaps near Essex.

The Runwell, Essex, England records show Doctoris Christma s arrested for sheep stealing, the stealing of three shee p from Simon Ryme, in 1618. Some say he was imprisoned an d others say hew was released as not guilty . In the 1620' s he is seen in the Virginia records. This would establis h that Doctoris was probably born in the Essex area. He mov ed from there to the Colony by 1623.

The 1623-1666 List of Living & Dead, Ships Passenger Lists , Elizabeth City, Virginia at the Eastern Shore' shows on p age 31 Doctoris Chrismus and Elizabeth Chrismus. Elizabet h City, Virginia became a county in 1634 from the origina l shire. In the 1630's, this area extended from the easter n boundary of the York river to the southeastern point of t he state and westerly to Greenville, Sussex and Surry count ies.

Doctoris is again mentioned in the records in 1624. In th e Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virg inia 1622-1632 and 1670-16 76 by H.R. McIllwaine on page 68 . This record shows that he was a witness for the court hel d on 10 October 1624. Then on page 69 he is involved in th e sale of Southampton hundred flower barrels of corn by app ointment of Mr. John Powntis in this document we find "is o rdered John Haffarde and Doctoris Christmas having discharg ed their bond to Mr. Powntis shall have their freedoms acco rding to agreement as other tenants have had. " This puts D octoris Christmas bonded to Mr. Powntis when he arrived i n the Americas, indicating that he was unable to pay his ow n passage to the Colony.

Three years later Doctoris is again mentioned in the 'Minut es of Council and General Court. On 24 August 1627 Doctori s Christmas and Elizabeth , his wife, were in Elizabeth Cit y as a Planter. The Virginia Historica l Magazine Vol 1 9 p 385 notes Doctoris William Christmas who leased land . 1 . The following year Doctoris was mentioned in a Land Pat ent on 28 September 1628 to William Cox of Elizabeth City. 2. Then again that year on 29 September he is granted 50 ac res on the Strawberry banks where he now lived. 3 On the first 10 year lease Doctoris made he was to pay 5 0 pounds of Tobacco for each year to keep the land. In 163 5 Isaboll Christ mas, immigrant into Elizabeth City County , Virginia, sponsored by Victor is Christmas. 4 Then on 3 July Doctoris is mentioned as a land owner livi ng next to Thomas Garmett. 5 and again on 21 November of that year he is granted 300 a cres in Elizabeth City for transporting four people to th e colony those people were William Gun, Richard Combell, Is rael Atwell and Zachariah Foster. This Patent also mention s Doctoris and the following: "100 acres for himself and hi s wife Isobell Christmas." 6 There is some confusion at this time as there are two peo ple one is Doctoris Christmas and the other Victoris Christ mas. Doctoris married an Elizabeth and there is no record o f a marriage to Isabell. Victoris was referred to as havin g a wife named Isabell. Next we see Doctoris mentioned on a Land Grant to Peter Sta fferton 13 May 1638. 7 The following year on 24 October 1639 Doctoris Christma s is gr anted 300 acres in Elizabeth City, Virginia. The fi rst 100 acres for himself and Isaboll his wife and the rema inder 200 acres for transport of four other people. 8 In 1642 another Isaboll Christmas, immigrant wife of Vict oris Christmas and sponsored by Francis Finch arrived in Vi rginia f rom England. 9 Then on 10 October Doctoris Christmas and Francis Finc h a re granted 300 acres this is again for four other peopl e and his wife Isobell. 10 On 8 May 1648 Doctoris Christmas is mentioned in a divis ion of land to the orphans of Jenkin Osborne and on 29 Ma y 1649 Doctoris is mentioned a s owning land adj. to Richar d Kemp. 11 Next we find that Doctoris Willia m Christmas has a wil l dated 20 October 1654 and in his will he mentions his Mai d Robecca and man Robert and grants all he owns to Peter St arkey and makes Peter Starkey and Henry Freeman as oversee r of his estate. There was nothing left to Isabell on his w ill and this would indicate tha t Isabell was the wife of V ictoris not Doctoris. To regress a little we will find tha t the children born in England and registered in the Charle s River Parish, Virginia have some similarities. One is tha t there wer e both a Robert Christmas and a Rebecca Christm as. Second the Rebecca Christmas married a Henry Freeman an d Bridget Christmas married a Peter Starkey. This would ind icate that Doctoris Christmas was related to these children . Bridget Christmas was a daughter of John Christmas, the y ounger and Bridget White from Essex, England. It was a comm on practice th at a relative would send to England for hi s nieces and nephews to work i n his home to gain experienc e while young to better prepare them for adulthood. It is m y opinion that these people are related and that the Richar d Christmas who was mentioned in a land grant on 14 July 16 37 12 was a lso related to these people.

Next we see Peter Starkey in a land agreement on 20 March 1 655 bounded upon land of Doctoris Christmas. 13 The will of Doctoris Christmas was proven 20 October 1654

THE WILL OF Doctoris Christmas

In the name of God Amen 20 October 1654. I Doctoris Christm as of the New Poquoson being weak of body but of perfect mi nd and memory Praise be given to God do ordain and make thi s my last Will and Testament in form following:

First principally I do commit my soul with the hands of th e Lord and my body to the earth from whence it came lastin g and steadfastly believing the happy salvation of both th e same my soul with the hands of the Lord and my body to th e earth from whence it came lasting and steadfastly be liev ing the happy salvation of both the same my soul and body i n the lat ter day by the free gift of God through merits o f the death and passing of that immaculate Lamb Christ Jesu s my only Lord, Redeemer, Laudifier, and Savior and by no o therwise or means whatsoever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my Maid Rebecca one cow cal f to be delivered within 3 months after my decease and to m y man Robert one cow calf to be delivered as aforesaid an d also give unto Nicholas servant to Peter Starkey cow cal f to be delivered aforesaid. And also I give unto Rebecca o ne goose of her favor or a cow to be delivered at the appro priation of her time which pleaseth them.

ITEM: I give to my loving friend Peter Starkey all my land , housing, chattel and chattels movable and immovable afte r my wife's decease. Peter Starkey employing my servants a s formally he hath done and also I make my wife whole execu tor of all of my estate also I do make Peter Starkey and He nry Freeman overseer of this my last will and testament. I n witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the said da y and year above written.


Alexander Shipworth

Robert Ffoukes

This will was written in York County, Virginia in 1654 duri ng that time period we also find during 1646 in York County , Virginia a Goodman Christmas as having received payment , this is probably the same Goodman Christmas who was regis tered with his brothers and sisters in the Charles River Pa rish records having been born in England in 1616 thirty yea rs earlier

14. Then in 1648 John Christmas was found in York County, V irginia as the subject of a Headright 15 and in 1659 a Francis Christmas as the subject of a Head right in Northumberland County, Virginia16.

The above will of Doctoris Christmas shows that Isabell Chr istmas, the wife of Doctoris W. Christmas, was still aliv e when the will was proved in 1654. Next we see the will o f Isabell Christmas written on 24 March 1669.

IN 1637 there was a Richard Christmas as an immigrant to Ja mes City Cou nty, Virginia as the subject of a Headright t o Henry Brown. 17. This is t he best I could fine in the early years befor e 1700 on the Christmas family in Virginia and I feel tha t these were the ancestors of my family in America. There i s no proof of this and therefore I must just state it as a n opinion. My family begins or rather is connected as far b ack as Thomas Christmas who died in 1769 his will was prove d in Bute County, Nor th Carolina although he did not liv e there.

Children of «b»Doctoris Christmas«/b» and «b»Isabella Unkno wn«/b» are: +«u»Thomas Christmas «/u», b. 1680, d. 9/07/ 1770.

Marriage 1 Bridget Christmas b: Abt 1644 Married: Change Date: 7 Sep 2015 Children Has Children Mary Starkey b: 14 Oct 1668 in VA

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Doctoris Christmas's Timeline

Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
December 20, 1654
Age 74
York County, Virginia, United States